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Grateful Dead Live at Henry J Kaiser Convention Center on 1988-03-17

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Grateful Dead Live at Henry J Kaiser Convention Center on 1988-03-17


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Hell In A Bucket-> Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Memphis Blues, Row Jimmy, Let It Grow China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums*-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> I Need A Miracle-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Hey Jude Reprise, E: Black Muddy River


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Henry J Kaiser Convention Center
Location Oakland, CA

Source Soundboard->DAT Master->DAT. DAT->ZA2->.wav->mkw->SHN. Transfer and SHN by Joe Samaritano
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Reviewer: revolutionaryhamstrung - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2011
Subject: Tight little show
This is a pretty solid effort - I was at this show and being a jaded, spoiled head, thought it was "average" with a typical setlist (other than the "breakout"/return of Hey Jude coda which caused the place to erupt and the debut of Memphis Blues by the GD not backing Dylan). But this show sounds great. Band is smooth and tight-very nice energetic second set with a rippin China>Rider. I'd give this a 3 to 3.5. Very enjoyable.
Reviewer: spikedriver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2008
Subject: all the years combine
They were rollin, they owned the bay area. Seven Kaiser shows in thirty days. A Valentines and Mardi Gras plus the mushrooms were incredible. Oh to be young again
Reviewer: gilf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 9, 2007
Subject: Always a great time
Another vote to balance the whining can't record post. Kaiser was home - like so many deadheads I had an era and Kaiser was mine. Moved to SF in '78 and passed on Winterland (regret? youbetcha), but saw virtually every Kaiser show. I dropped off when the boys moved onto the Oakland Colliseum - too big. Kaiser was big compared to Winterland - and Winterland was big compared to the Fillmores. So it goes. In any case - this was a fun show. I remember laughing outloud at times - I didn't care if they missed lyrics or notes - they were there - that's just the way it could be - the dead always came and life was good - people loved each other - moving like water through the crowded halls and ramps - we all cared about each other - smiling ear to ear - doing our part to keep trips happy - - whether they nailed every note or missed a bunch it was as much home as home can ever be - love all around. Would that life were so in the "real" world..........
Reviewer: gould626 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2007
Subject: Ratings are for the show!!!!!!
This is just to balance out the one star rating below that has nothing to do with the show and is falsely lowering the rating that many people, including myself use to search for shows we haven't heard before.
Reviewer: BarelyAboveSeaLevel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2006
Subject: Compassion???... no pity for those who don't understand
I really laugh at "Deadheads?" that criticize shows in such detail as if they really know when The Boys were on or off. You try playing 3 to 4 hours a night over 100 nights out of a year for 30 freakin' years. As a musician of over 20 years myself... the fact that they kept coming out to entertain speaks paramount to each "missed" note. The Strange Trip Continues... Thanks Guys.

Oh, BTW, it is clear to me that the intro to China sounds like a band looking for a 2nd set knock out.
Reviewer: ascheylus - favorite - December 21, 2005
Subject: boycott boycott boycott
I can't download it so what the f*** is the use?
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 11, 2005
Subject: A bumpy show filled with rewards
1st Set: Silly times abound with "Hell." "Sugaree" is much more mature though not exactly glistening with vibrancy. "Minglewood" is vanilla low-fat though crunchy. There's something unnatural about most versions of "Ramble." Purposefully, it's such a throw-way, disposable piece of fluff that was given the 'Workingsman Dead'/'Europe '72, Americana treatment. Yet many of the versions amble on laboriously. The effort and intent's there...but who cares? It's not meant to be a chore. Anyways, when's the last time "Mobile Blues" was played? Bobby's singing with conviction and the band three-quarter heartedly is behind him. The mood has become so mellow that it's a good time for "Row Jimmy." The beseeching pleaful lyrics allow for keen harmonizing and an agreeable build. Oh my goodness, a jazzy skiffle is all can really be said for the 2:44 included of "Let it Grow."

2nd Set: Things get bip-boppy during "China" Well-executed, but not instinctive moments of genius. The boys are trying to draw the rarified spirit out of "Rider." Appreciated and fun but not brilliance. "Estimated" is certainly quirky filled with lots of loud wah-wah's from Jerry during the (4's) bridge, and well-paced if dull outro jam. "Eyes" awkwardly lacks a beginning but quickly normalizes into the first pleasant version I've heard in awhile. "Drums" fills out as the Mardi Gras percussionists (just Hazma?)flourish their way onstage. Visually, did this include any color/costumes/celeticious caroling? The crowd's clapping along (7's) "Space" gets awfully intense near the end, and then one of my favorite riffs usher us back to song territory. "GDTRFB" is a good time, though not ever furiously fast. Bobby's having himself a blast singing through this enthusiastic "Miracle." "Fantasy" broods its way through rather unconvincingly. But they're in a groove so it's kosher. Brent hand gestures the crowd to sing along during the "Hey Jude Finale." Not a stirring ending, but I can see why I think I'll be seeing more of those in the future.

Tonight is a "Muddy" encore. It fits the musical trajectory of the show, setting the crowd up for a raucous final evening.

3 stars
Reviewer: KindRainbowBrother - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2005
Subject: Good Sound
I am ninety percent sure was at this show but tragically I saw so many Kaiser shows they kind of all melt together now. But since we have the archive I can at least offer a fresh review. First off, Kaiser shows were simply the best. It was OUR backyard for those of use who lived in the bay area. There was such a laid back casualness to the whole experience which was really not the case at many shows in their later years. I remember that place would get so hot. Invariably somebody would break a window out in the hall just to get some air in the place. The hallways had speakers and it was place to be if you were completely dosed and all you wanted to do was dance.

I think these were Mardi Gras shows and that was always fun. They would do the Mardi Gras parade through the crowd during drums. It was just something different - really different. This isn't exactly the most unique set list I ever saw and Jerry's voice is a lil scratchy but it's a spirited show. Is it worth the download? Probably not - there are much better shows. It's funny though, it was such a congenial atmosphere I think the band didn't really feel the pressure to necessarily shred the house. They pretty much knew the audience was used to seeing them play a lot and just running through a standard set of songs was fine with us. As I listen I remember always loving every song. It was your typical joyful completely wacked on drugs Dead show experience.
Reviewer: Smooth 1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 5, 2004
Subject: what happened to the Let It Grow?
Great sound but the Let It Grow is only 3 minutes long and cut...and gone...bummer.

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